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Species Melanoplus huroni - Huron Short-wing Grasshopper

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Melanoplinae (Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
Tribe Melanoplini
Genus Melanoplus
Species huroni (Huron Short-wing Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanoplus huroni Blatchley, 1898. Type locality: La Salle Island, Michigan
Melanoplus dodgei huroni (Blatchley) Blatchley, 1920
Identification
Can easily be confused with M. fasciatus (especially females), but this species is usually less contrastingly marked, more speckled, and averages wider in body proportions. M. fasciatus usually has longer and broader wings, but not always. M. huroni tends to be somewhat more clumsy in movements, and not directly associated with Ericaceae (it seems to favor somewhat more open areas than M. fasciatus). Males of M. fasciatus have longer and wider cerci.

M. dodgei is very closely related, and best distinguished from M. huroni by location (found south from southern Wyoming). M. dodgei has male cerci a bit shorter and shorter wings. [Note: M. dodgei has recently (2012) been split into 19 "species", and this comment applies to all 19.]

M. montanus and close relatives are also quite similar, but have longer and wider male cerci. These are found west and south of M. huroni from the western Rockies to the Cascades in the northwestern United States. [Note: M. montanus group has recently (2012) been raised from a few to 32 "species".]
Range
British Columbia to Quebec, south into adjacent U.S into the upper Midwest, New England, and along the east side of the Rockies to northeastern Wyoming.